The TOMs Tan Club

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I used to be SO PROUD of my flip-flop tan lines on my feet – two white lines cutting through my super dark feet from wearing my Rainbow sandals everyday in the California heat. Those tans lines are the mark of a true San Diegan – always in the sun, never with closed toe shoes. And if you know anything about me by now, my mission in life is to actually fit in and not be that freakishly tall farm chick fearfully scanning the room from her perch in the corner.

I’m still working on that…

After the first day of wearing my brand new TOMs in Nicaragua, however, I kicked off my shoes and looked down in horror. Half of my foot was dark and half of it was white, the line cutting straight across the top of my arched foot.

“I have a TOMs tan!” I squealed in shock.

What does this mean???  Should I hide away in shame that I’ve let my flip-flop tan slip away? I’ve been super paranoid about sun damage the past few years, so I’ve been feverishly sheltering my skin and letting it fade away into pasty white (I prefer the term “milky white”), so the fact that I have any tan at all is pretty shocking.

But then it struck me – should I start a new hipster trend?  Ghostly white feet with a dark brown rectangle on the top? Kind of like a farmer’s tan for your foot?

I may not have a choice. The tan is pretty faint (it was much darker from the dirt roads on the trip), but my feet have definitely formed a base layer of color from our week in Nicaragua. And these shoes are so comfy and CUTE that I have a feeling I’ll be rockin’ the look all summer long…

So who’s with me? Wanna join the TOMs Tan Club? I’ll be holding meetings from my perch in the corner…




Hi there! We’re Jeff and Erin Youngren, a hubby and wifey wedding photography team in San Diego. We shoot together. We travel together. We dream together. And we believe the best thing to hold onto in life is each other (+ a great glass of wine…)


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